Though I feel that my state will be the last to join the LGBT support and only under extreme duress, I am happy to see that one State Representative is sponsoring a bill which would add four new categories to discrimination protection under state law.
Record numbers of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support gay marriage, say adoption by gay couples should be legal and see gays and lesbians as good parents. Most oppose a right to refuse service to gays, including on religious grounds. And, by a closer margin, more also accept than reject gay marriage as a constitutional right.
The results continue a dramatic transformation of public attitudes on the issue, led by political, legislative and court-ordered developments alike. Seventeen states now allow gay marriage, and federal courts in four others – most recently Texas and Virginia – have rejected laws banning it.
I think I love the fact that she’s from my Lady’s home state the best. Of course it’s lovely that a Miss America contestant has come out. Lesbians can be knockout gorgeous. Just ask me; my girlfriend is drop dead gorgeous.
Miss America contestants have long been viewed as the embodiment of tradition: the girl next door, who just happens to look like Barbie. The image persists, despite blossoming diversity over the years and, in 2013, the crowning of the first Indian-American winner, Nina Davuluri. But there’s at least one contestant that’s not been seen on the Miss America runway—the out lesbian. It’s why a particular bit of pageant news is making such an impact this week: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Keila Trent, a 2011 Miss America contestant, has come out as “queer” on her personal blog, making her the first out lesbian contestant to have competed at a national level.
This guy is proof anything can happen if we work hard enough.
U.S. Marine veteran Elegance Bratton left his New Jersey home at age 16. “If I were to describe my relationship with my family in one word, is silence. Meaningful, heavy silence and the silence revolved around my sexuality,” says Bratton.
He says he started having problems in school and wouldn’t show up for class. The school called his mother to discuss the troubles Bratton was having. “When she confronted me about it, I ended up letting her know what was wrong and my mother’s response was to slap me and say I don’t want a [expletive deleted] in this house,” he says.
After that Bratton decided to leave the house. “In my household, a slap can turn into an hour-long ordeal of violence. I just panicked. I didn’t know what to do and didn’t know how to process it. So I grabbed my book bag, wallet and just left,” he says.
Bratton’s situation is not that uncommon. Every night, more than 1.6 million homeless teens between the ages of 12 and 17 sleep in public areas or shelters in the country. According to a report, LGBT youth make up 40 percent of the homeless youth population.
Tea Party logic continues to astound me.
WASHINGTON — A tea party group released a new ad on Tuesday claiming that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the reason Kentucky is “stuck with gay marriage,” because he recommended a federal judge — 22 years ago — who recently ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which finances tea party candidates including McConnell challenger Matt Bevin, is running the 60-second radio spot statewide for a week. In the ad, a man and a woman, both of whom display a remarkable knowledge of the judge’s background, discuss how McConnell recommended U.S. District Judge John Heyburn to President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Last week, Heyburn ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
This is a huge step on the part of Disney. I doubt in the long run there will be many troops that will fall apart because they no longer receive this funding.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.
The Boy Scouts organization is “disappointed” by the decision, which will affect the organization’s ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement Sunday. Disney does not provide direct funding to the Boy Scouts, but it donates money to some troops in exchange for volunteer hours completed by Disney employees, he said.
“We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” he said.
I have found two follow up stories for my post earlier about the Washington lobbyist trying to put forth legislation to require the NFL to ban homosexual players.
GOP Lobbyist Behind Anti-Gay NFL Bill Has A Gay Brother
Even the Conservative Lobbyist Hyping a Ban on Gay NFL Players Admits It’s a PR Stunt
Holy crap these people have thrown the country into the Dark Ages!
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights” and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.
“Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values,” Kerry said in a statement.
The Red Pepper tabloid published the names — and some pictures — of alleged homosexuals in a front-page story under the headline: “EXPOSED!”